(AOL) By now, most workers know that it’s easy to get fired for mouthing off on Facebook or Twitter. So when Mark Kessler, a police chief in central Pennsylvania, posted YouTube video rants in which he shoots at images of Democratic party leaders and curses at them as “traitors” and “libtards,” you might think that he’d be in for stern discipline.
So far, his comments have provoked intense controversy and debate, with some residents expressing support and others disgust, but Kessler — also the sole police officer for the town of 800 residents– has not been reprimanded by his superiors. In fact, his boss, Gilberton Borough Mayor Mary Lou Hannon has released a statement of support.
“Each member of council, each employee and each citizen is not only entitled to their own political opinions, but also the right to express them,” Hannon said in a statement, as was reported by Lehigh Valley’s Morning Call newspaper. She also noted that Hannon made the videos on his own time. “We will not take action to quash free speech, whether or not each member of council or any member of council agrees with it.” However, she did tell Allentown TV station WFMZ that she found the language personally “offensive.”